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Printable Watercolor Scratch off Valentines DIY

Valentine’s Day came up and this year the kids were old enough to be excited about it. They helped come up with these homemade ideas and drew a few too.

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Homemade Bug Spray

Homemade Bug SprayMake your own Natural Type Bug Spray. The bugs are here. In Colorado, on the Eastern plains this year is unbearable. With all the flooding and standing water it’s impossible to get away from the gnats and mosquitoes.
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Summer Walnut Foot Pumice Soap

walnut foot pumice soapEver try to create some interesting soap? It’s easy, especially the Melt and Pour type. Unlike Cold Pressed Soap, Melt and Pour takes out all the calculating, the possible dangers of Lye and the curing time of making soap from scratch. It’s a good first step when getting into soap making.

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Cold Weather Therapy

headbands2What to do when it starts getting cold? Make soups, stews and chili. Rent movies and… KNIT!  After weeks of trial and error, I found 3 totally cute headband tutorials.
I’ve been knitting forever and each year I try to step it up. I started with blankets, scarfs and knitted handbags (really easy).

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Day 30 : DIY Kids Face Painting!

painted-face-kittyHere we are! Day 30! I did it! Personal goal achieved. Now that my house is filled with art, knickknacks and 30 days of creations, I’ve learned a lot about the DIY world out there. It’s vast and grows everyday.
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Day 29 : Nature Prints on Wood

natural-wood-artDay 29 on this fine fall day. No longer 30 Days of DIY summer. Oh well. It was 90 degrees though today. Amazingly, it never really topped 95 for a consecutive week all summer. So, it’s hotter now than most of the summer. That’s Colorado. For today, since it’s nice out I figured I would brighten up the dull house. We have a huge blank wall screaming for attention.
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Day 28 : Luminaries

luminaries : sabrinatortora.com diyLuminaries. What fun. I would love to line the house with these. I would need stocks of candles. This is perfect for that delicate home touch outside for your special event. With proper safety it would be nice hanging as a centerpiece in a banquet or even sitting on tables. It’s a rustic and personal way to display a candle.

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Day 27 : Halloween Box Costumes

box costume ideas : sabrinatortora.comIt’s getting close to my favorite time of year. Time to think of a cool cheap costume for the kids. So, you say, what kind of cheap-o costume can you make with a box? Let me tell you, my son’s favorite costumes were basically free and made of boxes. Continue reading »

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Day 26 : Multiplicity Photo

multiplicity-webIf you do art or take photos then I’m sure you’ve seen this trick by now, but if not… multiplicity is amazing. You have to try it. It’s so simple and the tutorial is very clear and concise.

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Day 25 : Bath or Toilet Bombs

bath-bombRemember how vinegar reacts to baking soda? Well, here is a similar one. Baking soda and citric acid (similar to vinegar but in a dry form). So that when it gets wet, poof it fizzes up. I can’t scientifically say whether it is actual deodorizing to a toilet (as toilet bombs), since the baking soda chemically reacts with the citric acid. I don’t know what you are left with after the reaction, but the kids like to use them. It’s fun to see them fizz up in the toilet.
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Day 24 : Clothespin Frame

clothespin-frameThis is an interesting way of displaying pictures or other things. It took about 10 minutes to set up. I’ve seen it done with a cardboard circle too, but I thought of a more stable wood version when I saw an old needlepoint frame I had no need for.
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Day 23 : Clothespin Magnets

diy-magnetsWoohoo! Day 23 of finding the best DIY out there and trying it out for myself. Technically, I should have been done on the first but alas still 7 days to go. This one is really cute because of it’s double function (clothespin and magnet)!

 

 

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Day 22 : Clothespin Jewelry

clothespin-necklaceWhen I looked up clothespin DIY I was surprised to find TONS of cool fun things to do with the actual clothespins and the pieces. Here is what you can do with the spring.

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Day 21 : Cut Your Own Side Swept Bangs

bangs-titleCut your own bangs! Yes! Everyone has experimented at some point. So here are some pointers. There is a general consensus among people of a certain way to obtain those side swept beauties. Continue reading »

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Day 20 : DIY Lip Balm

lip-balm-diyDIY Minty Lip Balm! This is my favorite! Mainly because I LOVE mint flavor and it takes minutes to make. Trial and error will get you your perfect recipe, but this is rather easy.

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Day 19 : Laundry Art

laundry-artI’m not sure how I happened upon this DIY. I think it was on Pinterest. Anyway, I made my own version. This includes a printable that you can print an 8×10 and frame. Continue reading »

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Day 18 : Chihuahua Sweater

chihuahua-sweater-knitI‘ve been slacking big time. This blog challenge I made up was more of a personal commitment then I anticipated. Plus, it was a True Blood finale weekend last week. Sad, sad… that one of my favorite series is over. I’m still moping. Continue reading »

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Day 17 : Cute Cushions – No Sew

Pillow Covers DIY :: no SewToday’s post takes a bit of money and a trip to a fabric store or your local Walmart.  I found tons of cute modern patterns at mine! The hard part was not getting too pattern crazy.

Take your old drabby accent pillows and transform them for a fresh new look!

 

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Day 16 : DIY Cleaner

diy-cleaningDay 16 on the 30 days of DIY Reviews.

I live on a dirty farm as I’ve specified before and the seats in my car are atrocious. People trail dirt and tractor grease every time they get in. I’ve tried to take straight up laundry detergent and a bucket of water and scrub the crap out of them. Continue reading »

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Day 14 : DIY Air Freshener

722_51023663440_5813_nAir freshener and carpet powder is not expensive but when you live on an old farm with more rotten smells than fresh ones, you go through a lot. I’ve always battled the cat area. It would be easier to not have cats but they keep it rodent free and I have a sentimental attachment.

After making this recipe a couple days ago I checked on it and it’s still going strong and absorbing smell. A couple days isn’t much, but for a homemade item battling cat smell that’s an accomplishment to me!

 

 

 

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Day 13 : Vintage Photo on Wood

picture-on-woodLucky 13! This one is sweet. Photo on Wood to look weathered and vintage. I plan on doing an all black & white collage on one wall with different sizes.

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Day 12 : Tin Can Candle Holder

candleWell, day 12 here. Almost half way through. It’s been fun but my slow connection is not. Scouring through my friends DIY posts on pinterest lead me to realize how many cool things there are out there. Virtually anything can be transformed into something trendy or vintage inspired. Continue reading »

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Day 11: Style Your Blog Heading

displayDay 11 on this thing! 30 Days of DIY, where I find the most interesting projects and try them out then blog about it. This DIY today is a little nontraditional. It’s not something you can technically do with your hands, but it’s a DIY all the same and I’m low on the cash flow for supplies.

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Day 10 : Wire Wrapped Necklaces

wire-wrappedIf you’re new to making jewelry this is an excellent way to begin. Necklaces let you have complete creative freedom in choosing beads, wire, even type of chain. It’s probably the best introductory piece you can make. For under $15 you can pick up some wire, a bead string and chain. That being said…let’s start with the basics. Continue reading »

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Day 9 : Luxurious Body Scrub

bath-scrubThis is kind of my trade secret, but it’s so simple it would be hard to call a secret. Once you make it you’ll want to use it everyday. Luckily it’s cheap and you probably already have the ingredients.

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Day 8 : Sharpie Mugs

sharpie-mug-shotI am starting this one early since I haven’t kept my pledge very well on this blog commitment. So, to recap it’s taken me two weeks to get to day 8 (hehe) on my 30 days of finding the best DIY’s, trying them out and blogging about it.

This one is all over the web. Sharpie Mugs. It doesn’t really need step by step instructions, but it’s harder to draw straight lines and think of something clever to write than you think.

 

 

 

 

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Day 7: Smoothies with Vegetables

blendDuring summer is the prime time to get tons of fruit. If you’re like me, you get some of everything and before you know it you have too much fruit and not enough time to eat it. Then you’re left with black bananas and over ripe peaches. Here’s what you can do with them.

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Day 6 : Playdoh

playSlap boredom in the face with this DIY!
Kids are always looking for something to do and this one is satisfying.

 

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Day 5: Wire Bow Ring

wire-ringsI‘m back. I took an unexpected break for summer fun. It turns out it’s harder to post everyday than I anticipated. My slow country internet connection almost makes it painful. So, for the fifth day, I will share something so cute. Wire bow rings. These are so easy yet they make an impressive gift. I made my sister’s bridesmaids matching bracelets that came out beautifully.

 

 

 

 

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Day 4: Kids Watercolor Art

paintingHey Everyone! I thought it would be fun to turn my kid’s watercolors into wall art. Then I found this awesome tutorial to top it off. Not just regular watercolor but… BUBBLE WATERCOLORS! I’m so excited to try this one out!

 

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Day 3: Bathroom Accents

decorative-tree-branchToday, I will be looking into bathroom accents.  A cute bunch of flowers or decorative tree does wonders for even the smallest spaces.  I found bathroom bouquets to be similar to wedding center pieces so much that I used my sister’s leftover pieces to create a smaller version of her wedding tree in a vase. For inspiration look below or check Pinterest for wedding trees and create a mini version.

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Day 2 : Cement Block Benches

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My Mini version for kids with 4 cinder blocks.

The beauty of cement blocks. I never thought I’d say that. The architecture and a little color make for a cool Asian inspired bench.
Up until I tried to make this cool easy bench I never paid attention to all the blocks around our yard. This project is something you can collect over time too.

 

 

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Day 1 : Stacked Clay Pots

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This is sure to impress. You can find sources online everywhere for the stacked clay pots.

 

 

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30 Days of DIY

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Summer is in full-swing! Get the most out of it with some DIY!
Everyone loves DIY — Saves money, is more natural for you and lets you appreciate the end product further!

For the next 30 days I will find the best DIY projects online through different sources including our favorite…Pinterest.

— So keep posted and let’s do this! —  SCROLL DOWN TO START LOOKING!

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